‘New Yorker’ dashed Zach Galifianakis’ caption hopes
September 13th, 2011
05:07 PM ET

‘New Yorker’ dashed Zach Galifianakis’ caption hopes

After years of trying, film critic Roger Ebert won The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest.

Sadly, Zach Galifianakis never saw this success, and gave up submitting entries in 2007, reports The Wall Street Journal. The New Yorker has rejected every one of the comedian’s submissions.

“The Hangover” star is in good company. The Caption Contest, which appears in the back of the magazine each week, has eluded many notable entrants, including three-term mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg.

Other celebs who’ve submitted to the erudite competition in vain include country singer Brad Paisley and New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd.

The cartoon that finally killed the actor's desire to compete portrayed two dogs talking as they watched another dog about to throw a stick. Galifianakis’ submission read, "Big deal. I can DRIVE a stick." Apparently the magazine doesn't enjoy puns as much as you do.

Galifianakis' caption was one of 7,807 entries that week. The winner? "He's his own best friend."

"I think he was hurt," says New Yorker cartoon editor Robert Mankoff of the star's rejection.

C’mon, Zach, keep pumping out those entries. It only took Ebert 108 tries!


soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Jennifer

    I can't get over the fact that Brad Paisley reads the New Yorker.

    September 27, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. zrxgrim

    unfunny d o u c h e

    September 13, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob DiPasquale

      I believe that was directed towards me, a four time winner of Lettermen's Online Top 10 Contest, and one liner slinger... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JpEOsqnnhI&feature=related . While it's true some may think me not funny. One of the reasons I built HumorQ is to prove ( or disprove) that most do.

      September 13, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bob DiPasquale

    Roger, Zach, Michael, Brad, Maureen and the rest of the captionally adventourous – Participate in our caption contest at http://humorq.com. We use a method called crowdsifting to evenly distribute caption submissions to other submitters and ask them to vote for the ones they like best in a group of five. There's 3 cycles of that sifting process that happen in every contest. Every caption gets a score, and every member maintains a humorq defining how funny they are. Why should 1 man with an assistant and a deletion happy computer program decide who's funny? This is the 21st century so let's get smarter with how we figure out who's funny. Our site is noncommercial and free so enjoy.

    September 13, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reginald

      Want to make your pimping your site a little more obvious there champ?

      September 13, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. portalschmuck

    so what? it's the freakin' new yorker! a pretentious overrated rag not fit to line my buzzard 'scage.

    September 13, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. KajinPL

    Man, that sucks.

    September 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |

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